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Thread: Driver-side headlight and rear view mirror question

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    Jack M is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Driver-side headlight and rear view mirror question

    On my 1989 Eldo, the driver-side headlight lens (not seal beam) is cracked in the middle and I believe it will need to be replaced to pass inspection, even though the light still works OK. Actually, the crack is more like a small bb sized hole that can allow moisture to enter. My question is: Can only the lens be replaced - or does the entire headlight assembly need replacing because it's a complete unit? If it were legal, I'd prefer just to fill in the hole with a clear substance that would hold.

    And second problem: The driver-side outside remote adjustible rear view mirror has a crack in the middle running from top to bottom creating a slight distortion in the rearward view. Can (and will) the dealer just glue a replacement mirror onto the old cracked mirror, or must the entire mirror frame be removed from the side of the car to effect the replacement?

    Obviously, I'm trying to keep the repair costs to minimums, while staying legal. So would appreciate your comments.


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    donwon is offline Cadillac Owners Enthusiast
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    Re: Driver-side headlight and rear view mirror question

    The outside mirrow on my 89 Seville are heated, I don't know if that would make it harder or more costly to replace.
    Might could find a headlight lense at a junkyard.

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    Jack M is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: Driver-side headlight and rear view mirror question

    A little research revealed that exact replacement mirrors can be purchased for $12-$25, depending on which side (convex on right side), and that they can either be adhesed over the old mirror, or just break out the old and glue in the new. I'd opt for the latter so that the heating feature isn't compromised. I'll probably have to be careful protecting the heating element so that the new mirror continues that feature.

    On the headlight lens with a bb size hole in it, I think I'll have the guy who repairs windshield rock chips just fill in the hole and smooth it down. Should only cost $25, but ought to be done on a warm day with no moisture in the atmosphere so that there's no traped condensation inside. This will sure beat paying $225 plus labor to Cadillac for a complete assembly since lenses are not sold separately and can't even be removed.

    Both of these somewhat unorthadox procedures will solve the problems, cost very little, and satisfy state safety inspection requirements.

    Hey guys! Have I beat the system, or what?


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